When a Facial Tic Can Signal a Musical Shift
A conductor has to allow his face to show the character of the music. "Sometimes your face looks more serious, sometimes it looks more animated, sometimes it looks more pensive. That's definitely part of the communication."
Alan Gilbert has been musical director of the New York Philharmonic since September 2009. He was previously chief conductor and musical adviser to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and has conducted other leading orchestras
including the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco symphony orchestras;
the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; and the Berlin Philharmonic,
Munich's Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam's Royal
Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Orchestre National de Lyon. He also holds the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies at the Juilliard School in New York.